When the phrase the dark aide is mentioned, it could be in reference to many different subjects. For example: Star Wars (i.e. Darth Vader), Transformers movie (ship’s name in the television series), Physicists (an affiliation of researching dark matter), Tales from the Dark Side (1990 horror movie), several different books, or albums (Dark Side of the Moon from Pink Floyd). Safe driving is usually not in those that immediately come to mind but it should. According to a study conducted by e-driving, aggressive driving contributed to the 5 million accidents in 2018. Over 50% of fatal collisions are caused by aggressive driving.
What should you do when confronted by an aggressive driver?
- Stay calm and relaxed
- Make every attempt to get into the other lane safely
- Don’t escalate the situation
- Do not challenge an aggressive driver by speeding up or attempting to hold your position in your travel lane
- Avoid eye contact
- Ignore harassing gestures and refrain from returning them
Aggressive driving leads to the dark side. If you encounter an aggressive driver on the Causeway Bridge, contact Causeway Police Dispatch at 504-835-3116 (or *CP on a cellular phone). Although we cannot control how others drive, we can control our own reaction.